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Old 04-17-2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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whenever i give my civic a thrashing just for fun to hit vtec a few times after i park i notice a smell not exactly like gasoline i cant really tell what it is do you guys have any advice on how to fix this or is it normal for an older car (95 civic ex coupe)
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Nice avatar, nice first post.

No one can tell you anything unless you can describe the smell. Does it smell sweet? Does it burn your nose? Does it burn your eyes?
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I know from experience that 'metal burning smell' (I'm putting money on my guess) is your clutch going.
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rotten egg smell?
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:18 PM   #5
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It could be a head gasket. Does it smoke when you start reaching high rpms?
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oil. probably a leak and fell on something hot
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Smells like burning oil? When I mash my car it burns oil(Or smells like it).
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most likely a leak or your cat if you have one. could be your clutch as well
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Could be anything. Have you tried popping the hood and checking?
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OP doesn't even know what it smells like.

Is the CEL off? Are your brakes firm, smooth, and quiet? Is the clutch firm, smooth, and quiet? Are you getting 28-32 MPG? Are your oil, coolant, brake fluid, and clutch fluid levels within normal ranges?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, don't worry about it.
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The gasket at my collector slipped out when the bolts fell out, I noticed could smell the exhaust fumes when that happened. Wouldn't hurt to make sure you don't have an exhaust leak.
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I highly suspect that it is one of his belts that are slipping under heavy acceleration and as such, one of your pulleys may need to be adjusted so that the tension in the belt will be tightened..

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Like i said before. Your cat (catalytic converter) if it smells like sulfur. Smells like gas could be injector orings. Smells like oil check to make sure your filter is tight and you have no leaks coming from any gaskets. Your eyes are your best tools. Meow
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OP musta passed out from carbon monoxide poisoning from sniffing
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i think your right about the gasket cause i noticed a few oil drips in my parking spot =/
im gona have my friend give it a smell today cause i have a bad sence of smell :D also got some spray for the belts at auto zone to see if that does the trick

oh also nope doesnt burn the nose or eyes but its noticeable from about 5 feet away from the car. glad i joined this forum this is the best one for civics that ive found

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are you driving behind a big rig? did a dump truck cut you off?
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If it seems to be running normally i would bet its exhaust your smelling. I notice that in mine sometimes as well.
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if you brake hard during these spirited drives, it might also be your pads and rotors.
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All my civics I have had do the same thing it just smells like fuel and just a engine smell you could say I think it's just the engine getting heated up to a nice temp u know I think your fine
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